A summary of pricing for 35mm, 16mm and 8mm film processing is located under the specification tab directly above. We provide quality motion picture processing service for color negative (ECN-2), black and white reversal (D-94A), color reversal (E-6) and others. We do not offer still film services (see our referral page). More detailed motion picture lab pricing and services can be found at the lab pricing link bellow.
If you are interested in processing film with us, please download and complete the forms linked bellow. Include these completed forms with your film submission to avoid any delays.
Premium Quality Processing:
All processing services are performed on site for the best speed, pricing and quality. Chemicals are selectively dumped and replenished with fresh mixes prior to each run. After mixing, all chemistry is stored in a cool, climate controlled area to maintain freshness. Water for wash tanks and mixing chemistry is treated to crystal clear purity using reverse osmosis, deionization, 1 micron filtration and other systems to assure superior, clean results every time.
Optional film assembly (prep) and cleaning using the Lipsner Smith CF7200 ultrasonic cleaner is available as an upgrade to standard processing. Ultrasonic cleaning is a critical step to removing any remaining handling debris immediately after film assembly. This has been the standard procedure at qualified labs for over 50 years. It readies the film for scanning or printing at any modern facility. As low grade facilities typically use inferior editing materials and only “hand clean” film at a similar price, most of our clients will typically request prep services from Spectra to assure the best price and results.
Processing Schedule for Modern Film Types:
All film is developed on-site for optimum speed and efficiency. Developing usually occurs within 2 – 3 business days (if meeting volume requirements). Our internal minimum volumes relate to the minimum overall quantities needed for our lab to break even on a given processing run. However, ECN-2, E-6 and D-94A film types will always be developed at least once per week regardless of meeting these requirements. Scanning with Spectra helps balance these losses, keep our lab prices low and maintain our operation so we can continue to serve the film community.
Typical schedule as follows:
- ECN-2 color negative typically occurs 2 – 3 times per week on random days
- E-6 color reversal typically occurs once per week usually on a Friday
- D-94A BW reversal typically occurs once per week on a random day
- RUSH service is available at additional cost
Expired films with outdated process types (such as Kodachrome) will usually require 4 – 6 months for specialized processing.